Few accidents can match the devastation of a collision between a bicycle and a car. The size and weight of a vehicle can cause serious injuries – even at low speeds.
In 2013, 743 cyclists died and an estimated 48,000 sustained injuries in crashes with motor vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That same year, cyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Fortunately, following a few roadway safety tips can help bicyclists avoid becoming statistics. The truth, however, is that even the most experienced riders cannot control the actions of negligent drivers.
If you were in an accident that was not your fault, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin personal-injury lawyer with a track-record of successful case outcomes. Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.
In the meantime, read on to learn how to avoid three common accidents between bicycles and cars:
- Car Door Accidents
To avoid crashes, you should ride far enough to the left of the sidewalk or road so that even if someone opens a door unexpectedly, you will have enough room to maneuver around it. Despite what many riders think, it is safer to ride further in the road than to ride close to a line of cars.
- Riding in the Wrong Direction
Make a point always to ride with traffic. If you travel in the same direction as cars, then drivers will be more likely to see you.
- Not Being Noticeable at Red Traffic Lights
It is easy to avoid this accident by never riding or stopping in a driver’s blind spot. If you cannot see drivers in their mirrors, then they cannot see you. As an extra precaution, wait until the car next to you pulls out before proceeding at a green traffic light.
Not all bicycle accidents are avoidable. If you were in a crash that was not your fault, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm at 512-518-4104. As your Austin personal-injury attorney, Mr. Dow will be your on-call legal support.